Sago palms

Sago palms in Florida: Know before you grow.

This Cycas revoluta, also known as a Sago palm, thrives at Lakewood Ranch residence. Sago palms add a stunning exotic vibe to Florida properties, but several landscape companies – ArtisTree included –will only recommend them with caveats. In the early 1990s, Asian cycad scale wiped out nearly 60 percent of…

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Seasonal shade

Seasonal shade syndrome: What it means for your sun-loving plants.

Seasonal directional sun doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but its own. In Florida’s winter months, it comes in from the south after blazing from the north all summer long.  Your sun-loving plants could be slapped with significant winter shade and lose their color due to what some call Seasonal Shade…

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Florida state soil is Myakka fine sand.

Florida’s state soil? You’ll never guess.

Palmettos thrive in Myakka River State Park's sandy "soil." Florida’s state soil may surprise you -- or maybe the fact that we even have a state soil. But yes, every state does, just like having a state flower or a state bird. Our state soil just happens to share the…

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Dipladenia divides ArtisTree Plantopinions experts

Dipladenia, a lovely flowering vine belonging to the Mandevilla genus, adorns countless Sarasota landscapes with colorful, trumpet-like flowers and rich green foliage. But if you mention it to ArtisTree’s Plantopinons experts, prepare to step back because petals might fly. Welcome to our Dipladenia Debate. Dipladenia is a bit "shrubbier" than…

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